Paul Andrews

Interbike 2009: Carbon copying

In Daily Roundup, Equipment reviews, Interbike 2009, Mountain Biking on September 24, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Following up on our previous post re the carbon conniptions at Interbike, some random links:

The belt drive gets a thumbs up. Some folks questioned my skepticism about the Gates carbon drive system, pointing out its proven service for motos, lawnmowers and the like. I say give me a year with this thing on a mountain bike in the rainy, the muddy, the cold and the rocky Pacific Northwest and I’ll have it cryin’ like a baby lost its mama…

Reynolds is showing off an 900-gram carbon wheelset for the princely sum of $6,000.

Lennard Zinn tried out REVL, a new brand of carbon brakeset, 115 grams, “very powerful.”

What happens when the carbon “revolution” meets the 29er “revolution”? The Ellsworth Enlightenment, for one.

Cyclelicio.us has an interesting take on magnetically cleated pedals. Yeah I’m skeptical ’bout them too ;^)

Then there’s wood, which may be the future new retro improved lighter stronger bike material we are always ready to embrace …

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